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A to Z Blogging Challenge Debrief May 6, 2014

Filed under: A to Z Blogging Challenge 2014 — dianatierney3 @ 10:12 pm


Wow, I can’t believe that April is already over and that I managed to complete my first A to Z challenge. It was such an enjoyable, rewarding experience.

What I gained:

Well some lovely new followers which is always very cool. I have also started following a number of other blogs. It’s been a great experience finding more blogs of various interesting topics.

I feel like I have become a more organized blogger. No longer posting as many random posts that are based on a whim. I am actually planning my blog much further out….though spontaneity is the spice of life.


For the future:

Well I will continue to expand my blogging network, perhaps not at the break neck pace that I did in April but it will continue to grow.

So stay tuned coming up in the next month or so there will be more Meatless Monday posts, book reviews, recipes (I actually told my husband I wanted him to go fishing) travel features and more. So thank you so much for those that have joined me over the last month and for those of you that continue to come back and read this little old blog of mine.

It’s been a good challenge and I can’t wait to write more!



survivor-atoz [2014]


A to Z Blogging Challenge: {Z}oos April 30, 2014

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It’s not secret that I am an animal lover and in being an animal lover, I have a fondness for zoos. When I was in college back east, I talked my friends into skipping class and visiting the local zoo…in the middle of winter.

When the husband and I went to Australia I dragged him to every zoo and rescue center possible. How could I not?


In Costa Rica, we did a lot of wild life viewing but we did get an opportunity to look at a sanctuary.

monkey Parrott

In fact, my husband and guide were talking one day and my husband lamented that he only got to practice his photography at zoos. The guide said “I’ve never been to a zoo. I would like to go one day.”

The husband responded: Dude, you live in a zoo!

When at home I often like to visit the San Diego Zoo. I have actually met the director of the reptile exhibits and found him to be very knowledgeable and all about the animals.

Orangatang Ratler

On a serious note, when it comes to zoos and sanctuaries I am picky. For zoos they have to be research and protection driven. When it comes to sanctuaries they have to primarily be protection driven for me, research is secondary. Likewise, the health and well being of the animals in their care must always be priority number 1. A zoo can be a great resource for education and wildlife.

Photo credit for all of these photos goes to my husband, R. Tierney. Isn’t he a great photographer?


And with that I have accomplished my A to Z Challenge. I will be taking a few days off to rest and will be back up and running soon!


A to Z Blogging Challenge: Top Ten {Y}oung Adult Books April 29, 2014

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It’s no secret I am not a big fan of the Young Adult genre. I love books, I certainly have more books than shoes but when it comes to YA there are just so many that hit every single one of my buttons. However, there are those that are just make it beyond my barriers… and I fall in love.

1. The Mara Dyer Series. I had heard so many good things about these books that on a whim I decided to give them a try and I am so glad that I did. I find myself engrossed by the story and can’t wait to see what happens next.

2.  The Hunger Games. This is about as Young Adult as I typically get. I just really liked all three books. The characters were put into adult situations but were able to grow and change from them…not whine and carry on like a little kid.

3.  The Madman’s daughter. I really enjoyed this book, perhaps because it was partially about a retelling and mostly a historical fiction piece.

4.  Fangirl. A wonderful modern coming of age story .

5.  Gorgeous. Such a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. It gave me the warm fuzzies when I finished.

6.  My Life as a White Trash Zombie. a fantastic anti-hero and zombies. What is there not to love?

7. The Poison Study Series. I have such a hard time thinking of these books as Young Adult. I absolutely love these books.

8. The Harry Potter Series. Because well, it’s Harry Potter.

And that is about it for me. I have a few more on the list that I plan on reading within the young adult genre. Hopefully they will help this list to grow.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. It’s a weekly feature that I enjoy doing here at Strahbary’s Fields. I am pretty happy that I was able to mash it up with the A to Z challenge.


A to Z Blogging Challenge: {X}box April 28, 2014

Filed under: A to Z Blogging Challenge 2014 — dianatierney3 @ 10:35 pm


I have to say that one of my favorite toys is my Xbox. I once panicked once because it stopped working and I would have to potentially wait a week or more to get it repaired. Thankfully though, the crisis was averted and I was able to keep my Xbox safe at home with me.

I guess I have always been a gamer. I started gaming when I was a kid officially when my cousins sold off their Nintendo system to my mom when they wanted a newer model. I also had a little black and white television that I played on! My God I feel old now…

Anyway after a few years PC gaming I was reintroduced to the wonderful of non pc games. During the husband’s first deployment he box an original Xbox 360. He brought it home, plugged it in and within about a year I had pushed him off said xbox and on to the PC. Now in our house, the xbox is mine and he has the nifty gaming computer.


I can’t explain why I like it, I just do. The games that I pick though must have a compelling enough story that I can escape to. Perhaps that’s what does it for me. It’s like live action reading….These are my games de’ jure:


My favorites right now are Bioshock Infinite and Assassins Creed Black Flag. For Black Flag, I started playing it shortly after it came out and at my first opportunity I began pirating and only doing the main story when it was convenient for my pillaging.

Bioshock Infinite is just an awesome story.

My coffee table on a typical day:



A to Z Blogging Challenge: {W}hedon’s Universe April 27, 2014

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As far as I am concerned Joss Wheden could write the ingredients to shampoo and I would be enthralled. A movie about grass growing, written by Joss Wheden?? Sweet! I’m in.

His television shows and movies have created some of the best heroines in modern movies. Case in point: Zoe, Buffy, Melinda May and I am sure the list goes on and on. If anyone were to bust the stereotype that female action stars can’t bring in the big bucks at the movie theaters, he would be the one to do it.

Another great thing about his movies that he creates a fantastic Anti-Hero (See Firefly or Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along for an example of this).  His heroes are compelling and flawed and so very incredibly human that we can’t help but fall in love with them.

Whether it’s because he is a fanboy himself or that he just has a brilliant way of writing, I don’t care. He’s good and his style works.

What’s your favorite Joss Wheden creation?


A to Z Blogging Challenge: {V}illains

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I am all about the Villains. Villains can make or break a story.  I have also found that, the majority of the time that the villain is more interesting than the here.


1. Regina in Once upon a time. I absolutely love her. She is where she is based on the choices that she made. She wants the type of life that Snow and Charming has but based on her choices and her inability to let go of grudges she became the wonderful villain that we know and love.

Wicked Witch

2.  The Wicked Witch of the West. Whether it’s the original story, Wicked or the Once upon a time version. She is a great character. And let’s face it, if some little brat stole my shoes I would be chasing after her…and her little dog too!


3. Loki. I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but I am an unabashed Loki fangirl. I am not ashamed to admit that I rooted for him throughout both of the Thor movies and cheered him on during the Avengers. Loki: way more interesting a character than Thor.

Some other great Villains to note: Darth Vader (original Star Wars of course), Verbal Kint and Dr. Rene Belloq, the Master… the list goes on

A poorly written villain can completely undermine a storyline. The most recent example of this is Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. I was SO excited for the show to air and when it did I felt totally let down. Why? Because they had poor Villains. Jafar should have imposing, threatening and a little on the sexy side…and he wasn’t. The Red Queen, the whole time I just kept thinking “I hope Regina pop’s through a portal to kick her ass.”

Needless to say, there is much more of a story to be learned from the story of a Villain.

Who is your favorite Villain?

the master




A to Z Blogging Challenge: The {U}ndead

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I love a good zombie movie. Scary or comedic, if it’s got the undead in it I will give it a chance. I even did a zombie obstacle run one year.

Keep Calm

Why do I like zombies so much? Because I think it’s one of the few scary scifi things out there that can actually happen…and that scares the crap out of me. Even the CDC has gotten in on the act. As they have said, if you can be prepared for the zombie apocalypse, you can be prepared for anything.


I don’t know how valuable I will be during the apocalypse. I would hope that I would have some value when it comes to foraging, preparing food and general survival. I still have to work on the whole killing zombies like a boss a la Walking Dead style…but a girl can hope.